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Dr. Dorothy L. Espelage
Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an University Scholar and has fellow status in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997.

 

She has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for the last 18 years. As a result, she presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and is author on over 90 professional publications. She is co-editor of four published books including "Bullying in North American Schools: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Prevention and Intervention" and "International Handbook of Bullying" published by Routledge. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She has presented thousands of workshops and in-service training seminars for teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers across the U.S. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming. She is currently funded by the CDC for a randomized clinical trial of a bullying prevention program in 36 middle schools. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011. She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents and CDC and NIJ are funding a longitudinal study of predictors of bullying and dating violence among adolescents.

 

Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Anderson 360 and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, People, Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. Her dedicated team of undergraduate and graduate students are committed to the dissemination of the research through various mechanisms (www.espelageagainstbully.com).

 


 

ALLIES
Allies (Gay-Straight Alliance) is an organization at Shepherd University that promotes the understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues and acceptance of the LGBT community through campus and community activities. The organization exists to create a supportive atmosphere on campus and for members of the LGBT community and their allies. Membership is open to undergrads, grad students, alumni, faculty and staff of Shepherd University and of the greater community. ALLIES does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

 


 

Dr. Scott Beard
Dr. Scott Beard is a nationally recognized pianist, teacher, clinician, author and recording artist. Recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities, he was named 2006 West Virginia Music Teacher of the Year and was runner-up for West Virginia Professor of the Year in 2009. His students have won prizes in state, regional, national and international competitions, including the National Symphony, Oberlin, Beethoven Society, Tureck Bach, Amerian Protege, and Ithaca international competitions. Concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist have taken him throughout the United States and Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Italy, and Spain. Recent recital appearances include Weill Recital Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute (NYC), the Polish, Danish, Belgian, and Russian Embassies, and numerous universities throughout the East Coast. His concerts have been praised for their poetry, passion and innovative programming. Beard has published articles in several national publications and his anthologies of piano ensemble music (with Dr. Lucy Mauro) are published by Alfred. He is currently Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Shepherd University, as well as Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.

 


 

Dave Cole
Dave Cole is the Dean of Students at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. He is the senior campus student conduct officer with over 30 years experience in higher education administration. Prior to returning to Shepherd in 2004, he was the Director of Student Services for Hagerstown Community College. Dean Cole has more than 18 years direct experience dealing with student conduct issues (including allegations of bullying). He is responsible for managing student conduct concerns and directing the University system for adjudicating Code of Conduct violations. He is liaison with parents, students, faculty and staff regarding any type of behavioral issues. Additionally he serves as co-chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team for Shepherd University. Dean Cole received his BA degree from Western Maryland College in Sociology and his MA degree with a concentration in counseling psychology from Hood College.

 


 

Elice Gregory
Elice Gregory works as a middle school counselor working in two schools in Berkeley County (Spring Mills Middle and Hedgesville Middle). She is completing her third year as a fulltime counselor. Prior to completing her Masters in School Counseling, she taught social studies in high school (4 years) and in middle school (5 years). She has approximately 12 years experience working with adolescents in the school setting. Elise has researched and developed a comprehensive Bullying and Cyberbullying prevention plan, part of which she has utilized in the middle school setting. Over the past 6 years, she developed and presented bullying/cyberbullying lessons to the faculty and staff at Spring Mills Middle School and to students at Musselman Middle, Hedgesville Middle, and Spring Mills Middle Schools. She recently completed the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) Trainer Certification Course (TCC) Part I in Canton, OH along with fellow Berkeley County educators and individuals from across the country. In the Fall of 2012, she will complete Part II of the OBPP TCC and become a Certified Trainer in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

 


 

Bradley Milam
Native West Virginian Bradley Milam has been hired as Fairness West Virginia's first full-time staff member. In his role as Executive Director, Bradley manages day-to-day operations for Fairness, provides support for the Board of Directors, plans and executes special events, and is responsible for expanding the organization's activist and fundraising base. Bradley was born in Beckley, West Virginia, and grew up in nearby Fairdale. After graduating as valedictorian from Liberty (Raleigh) High School in 2006, he attended Yale University and graduated with a B.A. in history in 2010. His senior essay, "Gay West Virginia: Community Formation and the Forging of a Gay Appalachian Identity, 1963-1979," won the Yale Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) LGBT Studies Department Senior Essay Prize and was awarded honorable mention for the Joan Nestle Prize through the American Historical Association's Committee on LGBT History. Before moving back to West Virginia to work for Fairness, Bradley was a paralegal at a criminal defense law firm in New York City and volunteered as a rape crisis counselor with the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. He is thrilled to be returning to his home state and taking on a key role in Fairness's growth. Bradley works out of Fairness's Charleston.

 


 

Dr. Belinda B. Mitchell
Dr. Belinda B. Mitchell is assistant professor of education in the Department of Education at Shepherd University. Dr. Mitchell received her doctorate degree in special education from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Mitchell is a certified Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) professional developer. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Mitchell was an adjunct faculty member at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; graduate teaching assistant at University of Kansas; special education teacher at Central Academy Middle School, Fincastle, Virginia. Her research interests are response to intervention (RTI), the role of the special educator and learning strategies for students with a learning disability.

 


 

Kelly Robbins
Kelly Robbins is from O'Fallon, IL, with many years of teaching experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University and is certified as a Master Reading Teacher in Texas. She taught 5th grade reading for 5 years in Texas and is currently finishing up her third year teaching 8th grade language arts at Musselman Middle School. She is a student council sponsor, wellness committee member, and part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Committee at Musselman Middle.

 


 

Stephen G. Skinner
Stephen Skinner was born in and grew up in Charles Town, West Virginia. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1986, West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1990 (Honors Program) and the West Virginia University College of Law in 1994. Prior to College, he attended the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy. During college, studied abroad at Wroxton College in the United Kingdom before returning to West Virginia Wesleyan and becoming the Student Government President. Before law school, he spent a year out traveling and working, including in London where he worked for the Performing Right Society. He began his legal career by working with his father in Charles Town from 1994 until 1999. He then moved to New York City where he represented aviation disaster and other catastrophically injured victims, including victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. He traveled extensively with his New York firm before returning to West Virginia in 2004 to rejoin his father and his brother. Mr. Skinner has handled catastrophic injury, medical negligence and products liability suits across the country. He is admitted to the bars of West Virginia, New York, the District of Columbia, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. His a member of the American Association for Justice, the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, the West Virginia Association for Justice, Public Justice, the National Crime Victim Bar Association and the Brain Injury Association of West Virginia. He is a former President of the Board of Trustees of theContemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University and continues to serve on CATF's board. He is an appointee to the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and was elected to the Shepherd University Foundation Board of Directors in September 2010. Mr. Skinner is active in civil rights advocacy on the local, state and national level.

 


 

Veronique N. Walker
Veronique N. Walker is the Director of Diversity and Student Support Services for Berkeley County Schools, WV. She has 14 years combined experience working as a Coordinator of Diversity, a school counselor for both Berkeley and Jefferson County school systems and an in-home counselor/therapist for youth and families within the Eastern Panhandle of WV. She has a BA degree in psychology from Shepherd University, a MA degree in counseling from Marshall University and is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership at Shenandoah University. Additionally, Veronique is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.

 


 

                       

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